Thursday, September 8, 2016

Summer Vacation - Saranac Lake, NY

Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, has come and gone. We spent the last bit of "summer" at a secluded camp on Middle Saranac Lake in Upstate New York. The camp is owned by a friend of my brothers and was rustic and wonderful. The vacation crew included Nana and Gramps, Curt and Mandy's family and all of us plus Summit. It was quite a crew, especially considering the almost 6 hour caravan followed by a 15 minute boat ride required to arrive at camp. But once we landed, there was nothing to do but enjoy fresh mountain air and good company. That's because we were really "off the grid" - no cell phone service, limited electricity (provided by a solar panel), no flushing toilets, no problems!
We spent our days fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, napping (yes!) and eating a lot of Nana's cookies. Of course, there were a few melt downs and Sully basically clung to me like a barnacle all weekend, which is his MO on family vacations, but it was really pretty fantastic overall. The weather was great. Cool at night, foggy in the mornings, bright and sunny by 10 AM. And the stars, oh so many stars at night!

Here comes a lot of pictures, in no particular order...

There was one incident where Sully fell off the dock 5 minutes before our final departure from camp, but despite being a little wet for the wear and perhaps confused by all the commotion around him as we all jumped in (thankfully not literally) to action to pull him out, he was fine.

What a peaceful place. Hopefully we can visit again!